The National, Monday 20th August, 2012
By ZACHERY PER
OVER K370,000 in small community development grants will benefit six community-based organisations in Eastern Highlands under the AusAID-funded programme.
Programme director Jeremy Syme handed over approved funding deeds to six successful organisations in Goroka last Friday.
“It is pleasing to see these projects cover the programme’s key priority areas of health, education and gender equality,” he said.
“These grants are a gift from the people in Australia to the government and people of Papua New Guinea with the expectation of changing lives for men, women and children in targeted communities.”
“Grants under the programme recognise commitment and ownership by recipients and I congratulate each one for their contribution to ensure delivery of their project.”
The K375,090 in grants will enable six community-based organisations to improve access to education and better health in Henganofi, Daulo and Kainantu districts.
The funding comes from AusAID’s commitment of K50 million through the programme in small, medium and large grants over the next two years to help civil society and non-government organisations deliver community development projects.
AusAID second secretary governance Jennifer Clancy made the presentation on behalf of the people of Australia.
She thanked the programme and AusAID for the grant that will empowered the six communities to make improvements.
Caretaker provincial administrator Ben Ulupo said it was encouraging to see communities embarking on initiatives to improve their livelihoods.
Henganofi district’s Herava Youth group received K73,206 to enhance the group’s K8,246 contributions for a honey project. The Fayantina Kibbutz local level government’s K8,833 for the establishment of a community learning and development centre will get K75,706 from AusAID.
Two double classrooms will be built in the Daulo district for Meriaka Elementary School from AusAID’s contribution of K65,000 and the community’s K20,291 while the Asaro Elementary School’s K13,563 receives a further K70,083.
Barola Haus Mama, in Kainantu district, receives K38,770 to enhance its K3,700 to train village health volunteers and birth attendants for improved infant/maternal health.
A further K52,324 will top up Kainantu’s Kakambaru Strongim Kominiti Klab contribution of K1,349 to continue community awareness programmes on various issues affecting the people.
lence, drug and alcohol abuse.